"E PLURIBUS UNUM"

EROSION OF THE CONSTITUTION

February 25, 2013

I will begin by allegorically defining erosion. The Grand Canyon was formed out of solid rock by water over eons of time. Water ‘eroded’ a small obstructing hill into a chasm over a mile deep. Erosion may be insidious, but it is also ruthless. A term that might be applied to the power mad in Washington of today.

Many people refer to FDR’s New Deal as the start of the erosion of the Constitution by our government. I submit that it began much earlier than that. Take a look at Grant’s administration and his use of carpet baggers during the Restoration following the Civil Was. I could take you on a long and boring walk through many presidencies, but being the kind and gentle soul I am I will spare you that tedium.

So how about some things closer to our time? OK that should be easy. Let’s start with the Supreme court hearings during the Carter term. The media began to make an epithet of the phrase “Strict Constructionist” when referring to candidates that believed the constitution means just what it says. Skipping over many other worthy examples we come to what, in my opinion, is the single greatest practicing threat to the constitution the so called “Patriot Act” that ended with the formation of the Department of Homeland Security. This “act” was envisioned by Bush as way to imprison foreign terrorist whether on our soil or some one else's. You see the constitution strictly prohibits the incarceration of American citizens without that little thing called Habeas Corpus. Basically that is the right to appear before a judge. It does not so protect our non-indigenous enemies, nor should it. The case could be made that it doesn’t even protect a foreign national committing a lesser crime on our soil, but we habitually and rightfully extend that courtesy to them.

Now the Department of Homeland Security (Insecurity?) has decided that our mental property is not a Constitutionally protected asset to the point of saying that they have the right to search and seize your Emails, thoughts committed to hard disc, Text messages, listed phone numbers and anything else they deem ‘potentially subversive’ without either probable cause or a warrent. Particularly if it is within one hundred miles of ANY border. I wonder who decided to stop at the one hundred mile point? Why limit themselves?

In addition we are now subject to spying from the skies by our own government and threatened with murder for being in the company of a non convicted suspected person. The CIA and FBI has taken the right to open our mail, listen in on our conversations, invade our homes without warrants and on and on and on.

A Constitutional Republic? Not lately. I submit to you that most of this is caused by you and me. We have allowed the country to be taken over by the power hungry politician that is much more concerned with keeping his/her POWER than governing in a constitutional manner.

by Richard R. Allen

1 year 8 months ago

maybe its just the end of a long day, I don't know, but after viewing all these posts on FC. I think I have PTSD! 8_(

1 year 8 months ago

Political Trauma Syndrome Disorder

1 year 8 months ago

Rick, alot was said here on your Great Post. I believe when one reads completely our Consitution, it is strait forrward in what it says. Folks that are ConsitutuionsalScolars can be. It is impossible, because none of us where there at the time of the framing of our Consitution and trying to say a Constitutional Scolars can get inside of the Frammers mine, is well just plain bunk. But, they try to interput the Constitution by Enlighten Scolars and thats is where the problem begins.

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1 year 8 months ago

I agree that the English language has changed some over two centuries, but not all that much. Thankfully the Framers of the Constitution were so adamant about its importance that they took great pains to explain what they had created and wrote volumes of letters and other correspondence in an effort to make certain that all Citizens would fully understand its meaning and importance. An excellent place to start is the collection known as the Federalist Papers.

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1 year 8 months ago (Edited)

They can spy on me all they want. I will never change my views of them being communist and we need to take them down at all cost.

1 year 8 months ago

Good Points Rick
I would disagree with one of them though. I think the erosion started with Woodrow Wilson, and he admitted it, when he signed the insidious legislation that was proposed by a handful of senators and congressmen, on Christmas eve. The one that gave us the Federal reserve and the IRS. . .

1 year 8 months ago

I am not pushing Glenn, but he did publish the Federalist Papers in modern day language for the 21st century. Here is the link to Amazon. I have not read it but it seems from the reviews that it is good.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Original-Argum...

1 year 8 months ago

Video: Senate Democrats Haven’t Passed a Budget in 1400 Days

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoher...

1 year 8 months ago
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